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an interview with Cristián Samper

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  • As an group that has in depth discipline operations in about 60 nations and runs a community of zoos and an aquarium in New York City, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is exclusive amongst large conservation teams.
  • Like most conservation organizations, WCS has confronted nice challenges over the previous two years, however it’s rising from the pandemic with a brand new 2030 technique that builds on its strengths and responds to traits in conservation and past.
  • Cristián Samper, a Colombian biologist who has served as President and CEO of WCS since 2012, instructed Mongabay that WCS’s new technique focuses on how it’s uniquely positioned to deal with “three interconnected crises” we presently face: the lack of biodiversity, local weather change, and pandemics.
  • “The pandemic, which has impacted the lives of all people and all nations, has reminded us that we are all part of nature,” Samper stated. “We are at an inflection point; a moment that demands new solutions to how we live and interact with nature.”

Between the worldwide pandemic, the accelerating impacts of local weather change and environmental degradation, and the conservation sector’s reckoning with its colonial previous, 2020 and 2021 have been a tumultuous time for efforts to preserve the planet.

As an group that has in depth discipline operations in about 60 nations and runs a community of zoos and an aquarium in New York City, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has not been spared these challenges: It has needed to navigate the lack of employees and their family members to COVID-19, the complicated dynamics of getting a presence in so many various locations at a time of nice uncertainty and hardship, and public outcry over what are actually extensively considered as “antiquated and racist” practices relationship again to its founding because the New York Zoological Society within the Eighteen Nineties.

WCS is rising from the second 12 months of the pandemic with a brand new technique that doubles down on the group’s strengths and responds to rising traits that broaden the relevance of conservation for everybody. Cristián Samper, the President and CEO of WCS, instructed Mongabay that WCS is specializing in how it’s uniquely positioned to deal with “three interconnected crises” we presently face: the lack of biodiversity, local weather change, and pandemics.

“The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging for our generation,” Samper stated. “The pandemic, which has impacted the lives of all folks and all nations, has reminded us that we’re all a part of nature. We are at an inflection level; a second that calls for new options to how we reside and work together with nature.

“Our new strategy is based on the interconnectedness of these crises and most importantly, their solutions. The next decade will be crucial if we want to build a carbon neutral and nature positive future for us and all life on Earth.”

WCS employees in Africa and Asia work to avoid wasting elephants. Here, Researchers are collaring a savannah elephant in Uganda. Photo credit score WCS Uganda

According to Samper, that “carbon neutral and nature positive future” entails working with Indigenous and native communities to guard and steward ecosystems that retailer carbon and home wildlife, restoring broken and degraded habitats by rewilding initiatives, selling the “One Health” method that hyperlinks human well being to a planetary well being, utilizing science to tell coverage, and provoking the general public to care about nature and animals. Forests are a specific precedence for WCS.

“Our new strategy emphasizes forests and natural ecosystems because they play critical roles in climate mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation,” Samper stated. “Preventing deforestation can also help us avoid future zoonotic pandemics. Forests are home to two-thirds of land-based plants and animals, and they support the livelihoods for 1.6 billion people. They absorb nearly a third of every ton of carbon emitted and provide services like water and erosion control.”

WCS has been the pioneer in promoting wildlife health as critical to saving wildlife and wild places for more than 100 years. Here, WCS scientists are doing Ebola research in Congo CREDIT: S. Assoignons
WCS has been selling wildlife well being as vital to saving wildlife and wild locations for greater than 100 years. Here, WCS scientists are doing Ebola analysis in Congo. Image credit score: S. Assoignons

Samper stated that the dimensions of the challenges we face signifies that success will hinge on collaboration between a wide selection of stakeholders that haven’t all the time labored collectively.

“The conservation sector needs more collaboration and to realize that no single organization can save the planet for future generations,” he stated. “The conservation community cannot work in its own silo. We need to work more with other sectors like agriculture, energy, finance, health, and the private sector. If we can learn to collaborate better, we will see exponentially bigger impact.”

While this form of transition might look like a tall order for a discipline that has at occasions been criticized for its conventional top-down method, Samper famous that the conservation sector has advanced considerably since he obtained his begin three many years in the past, changing into extra inclusive and cross-disciplinary.

“We have moved from focusing on single species to places and ecosystems, now we tackle systemic drivers like agriculture and climate, and we work with people from multiple disciplines and backgrounds,” he stated. I see rather more consciousness in regards to the threats to biodiversity and the impacts of local weather change on nature and folks, particularly amongst youthful folks.

“I also see more diversity in the field, with more women and people from different backgrounds working in conservation, making us stronger and more effective. But we still need to build stronger institutions in the countries where biodiversity is found.”

Samper spoke about these subjects and plenty of extra throughout a latest dialog with Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler.

WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper is pictured at the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest, an exhibit which opened in 1999. Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS
WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper is pictured on the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest, an exhibit which opened in 1999. Photo credit score: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS

AN INTERVIEW WITH CRISTIÁN SAMPER

What impressed your curiosity in wildlife conservation?

I grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and spent my childhood exploring nature within the tropical Andes. I used to be fascinated by the range of birds and crops and that impressed me to review biology. I helped create the primary personal reserve in Colombia and did the sector work for my PhD learning the ecology of cloud forests and attending to know the Awá Indigenous Communities. I spotted that lots of the areas I studied had been disappearing and that it isn’t sufficient to know a spot; it is advisable to use your data to assist shield it and to work with native communities.

How did your profession path unfold?

I completed my PhD at Harvard in 1992 and returned to Colombia on the time of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It was a really thrilling time with world leaders coming collectively to signal international agreements on biodiversity (the Convention on Biological Diversity) and local weather.

I used to be invited to assist design the nationwide surroundings system in Colombia, together with the creation of a brand new Ministry of the Environment and I advocated for the function of science to tell coverage. I used to be the founding director of the nationwide biodiversity institute, named after Alexander von Humboldt. And I served because the chief science advisor, represented Colombia within the United Nations negotiations and helped launch the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. (As I write this, I’m in Glasgow to push for the connection between nature and local weather at COP26.)

WCS’s Dr. Cristián Samper in the Andean Paramo at Chingaza National Park in Colombia. Credit WCS
WCS’s Dr. Cristián Samper within the Andean Paramo at Chingaza National Park in Colombia. Credit WCS

I then joined the Smithsonian Institution, beginning on the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, one of many main analysis services for tropical biology. After that I turned director of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, after which appearing Secretary of the Smithsonian. It was my first expertise with training, and I realized how museums may help contact and affect folks’s hearts and minds. I used to be additionally in control of the biggest museum assortment on this planet and realized that lots of the species within the assortment had been threatened and felt we needed to do one thing to avoid wasting them. I needed to make use of the collections to grasp modifications going down, and simply as importantly, to assist do one thing to stop the extinction of species.

During my time on the Smithsonian, I served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund, and I had an opportunity to go to discipline initiatives all over the world. I made a decision my subsequent job can be within the conservation discipline, so I couldn’t resist the invitation to hitch the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in 2012. WCS brings collectively all my pursuits in science, training, conservation and coverage.

You’ve been working in biology for 30 years now, what are the largest variations within the discipline between while you obtained your begin and now?

There are many variations and the modifications have solely made biology and wildlife conservation efforts and packages higher and extra related than ever. We have moved from specializing in single species to locations and ecosystems, now we deal with systemic drivers like agriculture and local weather, and we work with folks from a number of disciplines and backgrounds. I see rather more consciousness in regards to the threats to biodiversity and the impacts of local weather change on nature and folks, particularly amongst youthful folks.

WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper observes forest elephants from an observation tower at the Dzanga Bai research site in the Central African Republic. Photo: Elizabeth Bennett/WCS.
WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper observes forest elephants from an statement tower on the Dzanga Bai analysis website within the Central African Republic. Photo: Elizabeth Bennett/WCS.

I additionally see extra variety within the discipline, with extra ladies and folks from totally different backgrounds working in conservation, making us stronger and simpler. But we nonetheless have to construct stronger establishments within the nations the place biodiversity is discovered.

A mix of high-profile controversies in conservation lately and the worldwide outcry following George Floyd’s killing final 12 months has put a highlight on discrimination, colonial legacy, inequity, and lack of inclusivity within the sector. Are you seeing any impact of this better consciousness within the conservation sector usually? And how is WCS responding?

Last 12 months marked a pivotal 12 months for advancing variety, fairness, inclusion (DEI) and social justice within the United States. It’s necessary for that momentum to proceed. At WCS, we had been reflecting for a number of years on the significance of addressing the antiquated and racist views and actions by some in our group within the early 1900s. Like many organizations, tutorial establishments, or companies based over 100 years in the past, the views of those that led these entities then are usually not shared in the present day. In reality, at WCS we denounced such views and have provided an apology.

In addition to working within the United States, we work throughout the globe and convey these identical DEI core values to all our efforts. Indigenous Peoples and native communities are our greatest companions for conserving pure assets within the wild landscapes and seascapes the place we work, and so they depend upon wild locations for his or her well-being. The significance of constructing efficient partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) is highlighted in a 2021 report, to which WCS contributed as a associate. The report demonstrates how international biodiversity objectives are unattainable with out the total recognition of IPLC land and useful resource rights and makes suggestions for actions by coverage makers, donors and conservation organizations.

WCS works with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities across the globe. Here, WCS Madagascar’s Bemahafaly Randriamanantsoa speaks with local fisherman in the village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar. Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher at WCS
WCS works with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities throughout the globe. Here, WCS Madagascar’s Bemahafaly Randriamanantsoa speaks with native fisherman within the village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar. Photo credit score: Julie Larsen Maher at WCS

A extra numerous and inclusive conservation motion within the US and all over the world must be a objective for all conservation teams. Diversity, fairness and inclusion efforts make us stronger and have been a big a part of our tradition and core values at WCS for a few years as a world establishment.

What do you see as the largest gaps within the conservation sector? What is holding conservation again from having better influence?

The conservation sector wants extra collaboration and to comprehend that no single group can save the planet for future generations. It takes all of us to deal with this international problem. Donors wish to see their investments maximized by collaboration and nice influence.

In addition, the conservation neighborhood can’t work in its personal silo. We have to work extra with different sectors like agriculture, vitality, finance, well being, and the personal sector. If we will be taught to collaborate higher, we are going to see exponentially larger influence. While all of us must be happy with the organizations the place we work, we additionally must be happy with the partnerships we will construct.

WCS Forest Ecologist Tory Kuria speaking with community leaders in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, about maintaining a native tree nursery. Photo credit: WCS
WCS Forest Ecologist Tory Kuria talking with neighborhood leaders in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, about sustaining a local tree nursery. Photo credit score: WCS

On funding the conservation sector, we want to consider extra modern finance automobiles like carbon credit and blended finance, the place personal and public {dollars} are used to leverage one another.

You have simply launched a brand new technique at WCS – WCS 2030. This is your second long-term technique because you started because the WCS CEO and President in 2012. What are the important thing components in WCS 2030?

Our new WCS 2030 Strategy: Saving Wildlife and Wild Places in a Rapidly Changing World describes our mission, imaginative and prescient, values, principle of change, objectives and priorities going ahead. Our 2030 technique focuses on the three interconnected crises going through our world—the lack of biodiversity, local weather change, and pandemics—and highlights how WCS is uniquely positioned to deal with them with the science, training and the conservation work we do in our zoos (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo) and New York Aquarium, and within the practically 60 nations we work in all over the world.

Our new technique displays the evolution of the world round us, and of our personal considering. The priorities embrace:

  • Protecting and rewilding precedence species and wild locations, specializing in a world portfolio of nature’s strongholds
  • Inspiring extra individuals who go to our zoos and aquarium to help the conservation of nature, and utilizing digital instruments to succeed in bigger and extra numerous audiences.
  • Protecting intact forests and utilizing nature-based options to deal with local weather change
  • Promoting a one well being method to acknowledge the hyperlinks between wildlife and human well being
  • Using science to tell coverage in any respect ranges, and to measure the influence of our work
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    Why this new technique now?

    The 12 months 2020 can be remembered as some of the difficult for our technology. The pandemic, which has impacted the lives of all folks and all nations, has reminded us that we’re all a part of nature. We are at an inflection level; a second that calls for new options to how we reside and work together with nature.

    With WCS 2030, we clarify how our work is essential to fixing the local weather, biodiversity and well being crises with out dropping sight of our core mission to avoid wasting wildlife and wild locations. Our new technique relies on the interconnectedness of those crises and most significantly, their options. The subsequent decade can be essential if we wish to construct a carbon impartial and nature constructive future for us and all life on Earth.

    In the WCS technique there may be emphasis on forests as key to advancing the battles towards the local weather crises, biodiversity crises and stopping future pandemics. Can you clarify that?

    Our new technique emphasizes forests and pure ecosystems as a result of they play vital roles in local weather mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Preventing deforestation can even assist us keep away from future zoonotic pandemics. 

    Forests are dwelling to two-thirds of land-based crops and animals, and so they help the livelihoods for 1.6 billion folks. They soak up practically a 3rd of each ton of carbon emitted and present companies like water and erosion management. However, lower than 1 / 4 of the world’s remaining forests are intact, and they’re being misplaced, alongside with their local weather and biodiversity advantages, at twice the speed of forests general, principally as a result of infrastructure and agricultural enlargement.

    We want to guard what we now have, restore what we misplaced, and remodel our meals programs. 

    Rainforest creek in the Colombian Amazon
    Rainforest creek within the Colombian Amazon. Image credit score: Rhett A. Butler

    Indigenous Peoples reside in at the least 35% of the world’s remaining intact forests and their cultural values are sometimes strongly aligned with their lively safety of those forests. So defending intact forests is vital to WCS technique for addressing the linked crises of local weather change, biodiversity loss, and public well being whereas safeguarding the rights and the cultural self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.

    How has the pandemic affected WCS’s work? Do you suppose the pandemic will educate us something about the best way to do conservation higher?

    The pandemic has affected each facet of our lives and has had a really giant influence on our work in New York and all over the world. 

    We needed to shut our zoos and aquarium to the general public for 5 months, whereas nonetheless taking care of the animals and the services in our care every single day. Since college students and households couldn’t come to our parks we instantly pivoted to broaden our digital outreach work, which allowed us to incorporate extra content material from our discipline work all over the world, and we had been in a position to attain a a lot bigger viewers. As we reopened our parks, we redesigned the customer companies to supply a protected expertise, together with the usage of timed tickets. All this led to an improve in customer satisfaction.  

    Concerning our discipline conservation, our operations had been affected and proceed to be in lots of locations all over the world the place vaccinations charges are low and we now have misplaced employees to COVID. Some of our discipline actions and plans had been delayed, but it surely has additionally introduced out the very best in our folks and companions.

    WCS Cambodia researchers conduct a health assessment of recently hatches royal turtles (Batagur affinis). Photo credit: WCS
    WCS Cambodia researchers conduct a well being evaluation of just lately hatches royal turtles (Batagur affinis). Photo credit score: WCS

    I’m impressed by the resilience and dedication of our groups in New York and throughout the globe. One of crucial insights is the truth that we will’t handle the local weather, biodiversity and pandemic crises as separate points. They all share the identical major risk – humanity’s destruction of nature – and lots of the techniques to deal with these crises are related too. For instance, defending intact forests will sequester carbon to fight local weather change—however it would additionally shield habitat for the fauna and flora going through extinction, and it’ll maintain nature intact serving to to cut back a spillover of viruses from nature to people.

    Can you clarify One Health and the way is WCS transferring that idea ahead to stop future pandemics?

    Human, wildlife and environmental well being are intrinsically interconnected and profoundly influenced by human actions. For many years, WCS has had the biggest worldwide group devoted to wildlife illness surveillance, speedy response, native coaching, and wildlife well being. We have damaged down conventional obstacles separating the research of animal and human well being, and we led pioneering analysis to seek out profitable options that enhance the well-being of wildlife, livestock, crops, people, and the surroundings.

    The One Health idea extensively embraced in the present day by governments, academia and animal and human well being communities was developed again in in September 2004, when well being specialists from all over the world met for a symposium in Manhattan organized by WCS and hosted by The Rockefeller University. The symposium targeted on the present and potential actions of ailments amongst human, home animal, and wildlife populations. The results of the symposium was The Manhattan Principle and the One Health idea we use in the present day, which lists 12 suggestions for establishing a extra holistic method to stopping epidemic and epizootic illness. These ideas had been then up to date in 2019 at a gathering in Berlin organized by the German Government and WCS proper earlier than the identified emergence of Sars-CoV-2. 

    COVID-19, Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, MERS, SARS, Monkeypox and Avian Influenza all remind us that human and animal well being are intimately linked. A broader understanding of well being and illness requires a unified method, achievable solely by a confluence of human, home animal and wildlife well being. Only by breaking down obstacles amongst businesses, people, specialties and sectors can we liberate the innovation and experience wanted to cut back the danger of future zoonotic pandemics.

    How does WCS consider influence? And by that lens, what are WCS’s largest successes in its lengthy historical past, in addition to successes throughout your tenure, which is now approaching 10 years?

    Our mission is to avoid wasting wildlife and wild locations, so one of many key measures is the change within the abundance and distribution of species within the nations the place we work. Initially, this is likely to be about decreasing the speed of decline or stabilizing populations, however in the end it’s about rising them and rewilding the locations the place they used to reside to allow them to as soon as once more thrive there. Ultimately, many will choose us on how efficient we now have been with stopping species from going extinct.

    One of our earliest and most necessary conservation successes was our function in serving to Indigenous Communities and different organizations to avoid wasting the American bison from going extinct, which was championed by the Bronx Zoo within the early 1900s, and is an initiative that also continues in the present day.

    WCS Congo researcher Frederic Mahon (right) and his guide Lazard Libanga recording calls of putty nosed monkeys in Congo. Photo credit: WCS
    WCS Congo researcher Frederic Mahon (proper) and his information Lazard Libanga recording calls of putty nosed monkeys in Congo. Photo credit score: WCS

    Across our long-term discipline websites, tiger and jaguar populations are slowly recovering. African forest elephant populations have stabilized or grown the place WCS has labored over a few years with our companions to make sure sustained administration and protections. Our sustained conservation efforts have resulted additionally in steady nice ape populations at practically all of our discipline websites in Africa. At all 10 websites the place WCS is working to preserve chimpanzee populations, they’re holding regular.

    In Asia, ape numbers are tougher to measure, however our discipline information point out that the place we work, the populations of Sumatran orangutans in Indonesia and Bornean orangutans in Malaysia are fixed. The Burmese star tortoise has been introduced again from the brink of extinction by extremely profitable captive breeding and reintroduction efforts in Myanmar.

    WCS works around the globe and at the Bronx Zoo to save turtles and tortoises. Pictured here is WCS’s President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper at a breeding facility in Myanmar. Credit: WCS
    WCS works across the globe and on the Bronx Zoo to avoid wasting turtles and tortoises. Pictured right here is WCS’s President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper at a breeding facility in Myanmar. Credit: WCS

    Those are only a few examples of our influence traditionally and extra just lately. The cause why we will assess this influence is by being on the reducing fringe of strategies to evaluate wildlife populations, the place WCS has been on the forefront for many years.

    We additionally measure progress in a number of the key methods we use to preserve species. For instance, we now have helped create and help the administration of greater than 300 terrestrial and marine protected areas globally, and we measure the modifications within the charges of habitat loss in and round them. Our pioneering efforts to develop ecotourism for mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park within the late Seventies each allowed the inhabitants to get well, and offered a mannequin in involving native communities as a part of the answer.

    We additionally measure progress in insurance policies and finance out there to help conservation within the nations the place we work. For instance, we helped create the Protecting the Planet Challenge as a technique to deliver collectively donors that may help the safety of 30% of the land and ocean by 2030 as a part of the post-2020 framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

    Our 4 zoos and aquarium are pivotal in our successes. The employees in our zoos and aquarium present analysis and so they deploy techniques that are straight saving species across the globe, and in an more and more urbanized world, the function of our zoos and aquarium in connecting folks to nature and educating them in regards to the vital significance of conserving it can’t be underestimated. We measure the variety of college students and guests that come to our parks, and the influence of these visits on their understanding and engagement in conservation. We host packages for lecturers and college students in New York, have a program to strengthen variety in STEM fields, and host thousands and thousands of tourists to our parks yearly.

    Herpetology Department staff at the Wildlife Conservations Society’s Bronx Zoo are helping to save Eastern hellbenders through a head-start program. Working with partners, they raise animals from eggs and reintroduce them to their native streams. Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher at WCS
    Herpetology Department employees on the Wildlife Conservations Society’s Bronx Zoo are serving to to avoid wasting Eastern hellbenders by a head-start program. Working with companions, they elevate animals from eggs and reintroduce them to their native streams. Photo credit score: Julie Larsen Maher at WCS

    Civil society alone can’t drive the change wanted to deal with the world’s crises of local weather, extinction and well being. What are the function of partnerships with the personal sector, governments, and multilateral establishments, in addition to initiatives just like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in advancing progress?

    Civil society, together with NGOs, and scientists—inform governments; we push governments; we spotlight when governments are usually not doing sufficient. The important actors are governments. Private trade could make sturdy commitments, but it surely’s governments that give permits to trade to construct roads into intact forests, it’s governments that go legal guidelines and implement them, it’s governments that fund the multilateral donors. All of the world’s governments, collectively, are wanted to take motion. The lack of motion is what introduced us so far—corruption, weak governance—all contributed. We as residents and NGOs can and may push governments to do the suitable factor. It’s less than the United Nations, or the treaties, to behave; it’s as much as the governments to approve and implement these treaties.

    Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Jessica Moody recording langur vocalizations. In partnership with WCS’s Cambodia Program, Moody was able to use her knowledge and experience of the Bronx Zoo’s silvered langur populations to shed light on the conservation status of a sister species in the wild. Photo credit: Bronx Zoo
    Assistant Curator of Mammals on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Jessica Moody recording langur vocalizations. In partnership with WCS’s Cambodia Program, Moody was in a position to make use of her data and expertise of the Bronx Zoo’s silvered langur populations to make clear the conservation standing of a sister species within the wild. Photo credit score: Bronx Zoo

    As NGOs we now have to ensure governments have the very best out there science, and that they take motion to fight the biodiversity disaster and ecosystem collapse; the local weather disaster; and the well being disaster to ensure we don’t expertise one other pandemic like COVID-19 as a result of inaction and indifference. Concerning the United National Sustainable Development Goals – they’re a robust uniting instrument for all sectors to remain targeted on. Now it’s as much as governments to enact the change wanted to satisfy these objectives and it’s as much as civil society to supply the science, concepts and funding to assist governments obtain them.

    What recommendation would you give to a teen contemplating a profession in conservation?

    I’d recommend they observe their ardour, maintain an open thoughts to be taught from others, and don’t be afraid to take dangers.

    I’m lucky to work in an space I’m obsessed with, to grasp and save wildlife and wild locations. Growing up in Colombia I by no means thought I’d find yourself main the Smithsonian or WCS. I used to be lucky to have nice alternatives and was not afraid to take dangers and be taught from others.

    We reside in a fancy world the place we have to take a multi-disciplinary method to fixing issues, and folks with numerous backgrounds and abilities can be simplest.

    What would you say to younger people who find themselves distressed in regards to the present trajectory of the planet?

    I’d say we now have one planet we name dwelling, and we have to shield it, for us and for the ten million species we share the planet with.  There are loads of issues, however we now have additionally by no means had extra instruments or data to resolve them.  We know every of us could make a distinction, and if all of us work collectively and encourage others, we will construct a extra sustainable future.

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